September 30, 2004
Director, Communications & Public Information
Board Adopts Legislative Agenda for FY2006
BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has adopted its Legislative Agenda for FY2006, announced Commissioner John E. Arnold, Chairman.
Since FY2001, cutbacks in state funding for libraries has negatively impacted local libraries at a time when their budgets were already under pressure due to cutbacks in state aid, competition from other municipal departments and decreased private funding. The consequence is that progress towards equal access to core library resources regardless of where residents of all ages live has been seriously eroded.
"This legislative agenda that focuses on three areas: Funding the Library Technology and Resource Sharing Account (7000-9506) at $6 Million, a new Construction Bond Bill, and strengthening the Agency itself; is forward looking, addresses the equity of access to databases, relieves the burden to municipalities of absorbing state budget cuts, as well as meeting anticipated construction funding," said Robert C. Maier, Director.
To view the Legislative Agenda in its entirety, go to Legislative Initiatives.
The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.